Elbert E. “Al” Rivett, 90, of McPherson, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. He was a retired pipeline worker, working for M.E. White Construction and Mitchell Construction.
Al was born on Feb. 7, 1923, in Downers Grove, Ill., the son of Charles and Lena (Jenkins) Rivett. He was united in marriage to Margaret L. Lingle in 1944 in McPherson.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 24 and the First United Methodist Church.
Al was a loyal, devoted, and caring husband for 68 years. He loved all his grandkids deeply. He loved to tell war stories and stories about the first time he met Margaret. He was a wonderful neighbor and loved to lend a helping hand to those in need. The family takes great comfort in knowing that he has been reunited with his daughter, Linda.
Survivors include: his wife, Margaret Rivett of McPherson, Kan.; son-in-law, Jim Becker and wife, Charlotte, of McPherson, Kan.; four grandchildren, Joelle Maxwell and husband, Scott, of Salina, Kan., Julie Krell of Decatur, Ill., Jeff Becker of McPherson, Kan., and Jill Brunsell of McPherson, Kan.; and five great-grandchildren, Lindsey Maxwell of Salina, Kan., Andrew Maxwell of Salina, Kan., Jordan Krell of Decatur, Ill., Jerrica Krell of Decatur, Ill., and Ava Jean Brunsell of McPherson, Kan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Linda J. Becker, and a sister, Alice Mae Austin.
A funeral service was at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Karen Rice Ratzlaff and Rev. Harold Nelson officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be at the McPherson Cemetery. Visitation was from 3 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Stockham Family Funeral Home with the family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m.
Memorial donations may be given to the First United Methodist Church in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 North Chestnut, McPherson, KS 67460. Personal condolences may be sent to the family at www.stockhamfamily.com.